The Vancouver Police Department is releasing its Mental Health Strategy, sharing a comprehensive approach for a proportional police response to people living with mental illness.
VANCOUVER – Faced with a potential class-action lawsuit, the British Columbia government has ended its practice of deducting money from the welfare cheques of recovering addicts receiving treatment from private methadone-dispensing clinics.
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Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Coastal Health has opened a new centre to streamline access to mental health and substance use services. The Access and Assessment Centre (AAC) at Vancouver General Hospital will take pressure off emergency departments and provide a central location where clients with mental health and substance use problems can access health care services and information, including an onsite assessment.
The Access and Assessment Centre consolidates a number of existing services under one roof, including Acute Home Based Mental Health Treatment, Mental Health Emergency Services (Car 87/88 partnership with Vancouver Police Department) and Vancouver Adult Mental Health Intake Assessment services. New services include self/family referrals, 24/7 phone & walk-in access, and in-depth screening to recommend the best next step for clients. Having one reception, phone and file for patients will lead to more coordinated service and care.
The AAC is a 24/7 Walk-in clinic and phone service for urgent and non-emergency access to VCH Mental Health and Substance Use services (phones & clinic are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week). We provide onsite assessments, phone assessments and clinical outreach to adult (17+) Vancouver residents. No referral or appointment required.
Phone Number: 604.875.8289
Address: 711 West 12th Ave (enter through back lane behind 715 West 12th Ave “Health Centre”).
Randall Hall’s worst overdose happened in the fall of 2014, Thanksgiving long weekend, in a Gastown alley he had frequented many times before.
A friend had warned him of the exceptionally potent heroin that was circulating. Even the half-point (50 milligrams) he had was enough to cause another long-time heroin user to overdose. “I advise you not to take the full half,” the friend cautioned.
“A drug-free world — We can do it!”
That was the overly ambitious motto endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1998, the last time it convened for a high-level debate on global drug policy.
Eighteen years later it seems clear that, no, we can’t do it.
British Columbia has become the first province in Canada to declare a public health emergency after a dramatic increase in the number of overdose deaths from illicit drugs such as fentanyl.To read more, click here
Through an Aboriginal Lens, a pilot project from The Native Courtworkers And Counsellors Association Of B.C., is working towards creating a better future for youth with a holistic approach. A community knowledge gathering was held on March 31 and April 1 at the Chief Joe Mathias Centre in North Vancouver to raise awareness and support. To read more, click here